Hirscher out as Kristoffersen takes Wengen victory


Marcel Hirscher missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup overall standings as he failed to finish his second slalom run in Wengen on Sunday.

The four-time champion was always playing catch-up in Switzerland after an opening run that saw him seven tenths behind eventual winner Henrik Kristoffersen.

His attempts to push and claim valuable World Cup points ended in disaster, though, as he lost control in the second half of the course, leading to his first DNF of the season.

Hirscher's failure to collect any points means Aksel Lund Svindal - who won the downhill on Saturday - remains top of the overall standings, while Kristoffersen extended his lead in the slalom table to 140 points.

The Norwegian completed a clean sweep for his country in Wengen this weekend after Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud also enjoyed victory on the previous two days.

Kristoffersen's first run was full of attacking intent on the 65-gate course - moved to the lower part of the downhill piste due to lack of snow on the traditional slalom slope - and he cruised into the lead by 0.16 seconds.

Giuliano Razzoli (+0.16secs) and Felix Neureuther (+0.35secs) provided his nearest competition heading into the second run, but only the Italian was able to hold onto a podium place.

Unlike his first run, Razzoli was fast on the lower part of the course and temporarily took top spot from compatriot Stefano Gross - who produced a stunning second run to snatch third, 0.68 seconds off Kristoffersen.

Razzoli's hopes of a third World Cup win were quickly dashed, though, as Kristoffersen extended his advantage at the top before going on to seal victory by 0.30secs.